Holiday Gift Guide for the Cookbook Lover

I could also title this post Allie’s Holiday gift guide and one I hope my husband is reading. This is the third installment for my holiday gift guides. In case you missed my previous post you can find gift ideas for babies (0-18 months ) here and for little girls (3-5 years) here.
If there’s one thing I love its cookbooks. I have an entire shelf devoted to them and my husband has caught on that when in doubt he can always gift me a cookbook. They make the perfect gift for the foodies and home cooks in your life and with all the possibilities out there your guaranteed to find one that you or the person you are gifting will love. The list below includes books I own or wish to own and I think any one of them would make the perfect gift this holiday season.


Minimalist Baker – I became a regular follower of Dana’s blog when my husband and I started to incorporate more meatless meals into our diet. I’ve shared my love for her homemade bread recipe here and it still continues to be loved by all. Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking is full of quick and easy vegan and mostly gluten-free recipes using 10 ingredients or less, one bowl or pot and 30 minutes or less to prepare. Yes, Yes and Yes!


cookbook-8Run Fast Eat Slow – is written by world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and  athlete, food writer and chef Elyse Kopecky. This cookbook features more than 100 delicious and nutritious recipes to fuel your bodies for a healthy and active lifestyle.



Skinnytaste Fast and Slow – I’ve been following Gina’s blog for years and have made countless recipes from her previous cookbook and blog. I’ve professed my love for my crock pot many times on here so a book that’s fully devoted to them from one of my favorite food bloggers has me very excited.



Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations – I recently did a review on the blog for Danielle’s latest cookbook and it definitely deserves a spot on this gift guide list. I seriously can’t recommend this cookbook enough. Whether you’re paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free or just like good food and want to eat clean then this book is for you.


Oh She Glows Everyday – Written by another food blogger, Angela Liddon, this cookbook features quick-and- easy whole-foods, plant-based recipes. Much like the Minimalist Baker I started following the Oh She Glows blog when I eliminated dairy from my diet and started to incorporate more meatless dinners into the rotation. If the photos in the book are anything like the ones found on her blog then I can only imagine how stunning this cookbook is.



Seasons -This cookbook, by Donna Hay, has been out for several years but it’s one of my favorites. The pictures throughout the book are beautiful as Donna gives us glimpses of lifestyle photos and how to enjoy the best of each season. This is the kind of book you want to display on your coffee table for all to see. It’s about fresh, seasonal food that’s delicious and beautiful.



Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook– Oh Ina, does she really need an introduction. I just love her and still waiting on my invite to one of her dinner parties in the Hampton’s. Her recipes are simple, easy to follow and delicious. I’ve heard great things about this book and one I know I would use time and time again.



Cravings -written by supermodel Chrissy Teigen this book features recipes far from what you would expect a supermodel eats. I follow Chrissy on social media and after seeing some of the drool-worthy pictures she post on her instagram account I added her cookbook to my wish list. Based on reviews this book reflects some of her charm and whit while giving us dishes for a date night at home, a party, and everyday recipes the whole family will love.





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By | 2018-06-01T09:37:14+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Food|6 Comments


  1. Jessica @ The Balanced Kitchen December 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Great suggestions! I am definitely going to add some of these to my wishlist! 🙂

  2. Lauren O'Connor December 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    These are all great gift suggestions! I, too, am a cookbook lover – got quite a collection/an overflowing bookshelf and still continuing to add more as I see fit. lol! I have Danielle Walker’s book – love it and have always loved Ina Garten!

  3. rebecca miller December 2, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    what a great idea to compile a list of recommend cookbooks for gift-giving! love it!

  4. Farrah December 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I love and adore cookbooks! 😀 Definitely going to have to look into the one from Minimalist Baker! 10 ingredients or less sounds wonderful to me! I love Gina’s new cookbook too!

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